April 17, 2018 - Telephone Calls Made By Unknown Persons Claiming to be from the VCF
Updated: Jun 14, 2019
Please be advised that the Victim Compensation Fund has confirmed that a recent spate of telephone calls have not been generated by the Fund, but rather are from an unknown third party. If you receive a telephone call from someone claiming to be a representative of the Fund, please DO NOT provide any personal information.
In general, the Fund will contact our office, and will not contact you directly, except through written correspondence. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at (212) 766-5800.
From the Fund's website:
ALERT: The VCF is aware of calls being made by unknown persons claiming to be the VCF. These callers ask questions about the status of an individual’s VCF claim, state that the individual may be entitled to money, and/or ask for personal information in order to mail a claim package or file a claim on the individuals’ behalf.
If you receive a call with questions about your VCF claim or your potential eligibility for compensation from someone that you suspect is not VCF staff, you should not provide any information to the caller. When possible, please note details about the call (date, time, caller ID if available, name of caller, questions asked, etc.) and report the call to the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP or online at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov.
Calls made by VCF staff follow a standard protocol for validating the claimant’s identity. Effective immediately, the VCF will never ask you for your full Social Security Number. If you are uncertain whether the caller is from the VCF, please end the call and contact the VCF Helpline at 1-855-885-1555.